Wondrous Words #423

WWWEvery week word-lovers post new words they’ve discovered while reading. It’s called Wondrous Words Wednesday and was created by Kathy at Bermuda Onion’s Weblog.

I found this word while reading the publisher’s blurb for Prairie Fires by Caroline Fraser, a book I’m currently reading.

epochal: “Set against nearly a century of epochal change, from . . . “

I was pretty sure this word had something to do with epic, but I’d never seen epoch before. Looking it up led me down an interesting path. Epochal is an adjective which means forming or characterizing an epoch; epoch-making.

Wait—What’s the difference between epoch and epic? Is there one? Well yes, epoch means a period of time in history or a person’s life, typically one marked by notable events or particular characteristics. On the other hand epic as a noun is a long poem, but as an adjective it means heroic or grand in scale or character. I’ve been using epic wrong all these years. Ugh!

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3 Responses to Wondrous Words #423

  1. Vicki says:

    I’ve seen the word epoch before but don’t remember ever seeing epochal.

  2. Mary Ann Langan says:

    An intertesting word.

  3. I kind of thought epic and epoch were interchangeable too. Thanks for setting me straight!

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